GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19

GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19
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GOP Rep. Mike BostMichael (Mike) J. BostMORE (Ill.) announced on Friday that he has tested positive for COVID-19, making him the latest member of Congress to contract the virus. 

Bost, who represents Illinois’s 12th Congressional District, said in a statement that he got tested after experiencing “a mild cough and a rapid loss of both taste and smell.” He never had a fever. 

The congressman said he is postponing public events and will instead conduct virtual events as he isolates at home.  

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Any staff that’s been in close contact with him will quarantine until receiving their own test results. His office is also reaching out to any constituents he’s met with in recent days. 

“We are taking this situation seriously and will continue to serve the people of Southern Illinois while doing our best to ensure their health and safety,” Bost said. “I will provide additional updates in the days ahead and am anxious to get back to work as soon as I make a full recovery."

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Bost is the latest lawmaker to contract the virus.

Rep. Salud CarbajalSalud CarbajalBiden's corporate tax hike is bad for growth — try a carbon tax instead Capitol riots spark fear of Trump's military powers in final days House Democrats push Biden's Pentagon pick on civilian control of military MORE (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that he tested positive for COVID-19. 

While it is unclear how Carbajal contracted the virus, the congressman interacted with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeBiden signals tough stance on tech with antitrust picks Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (R-Utah), who tested positive for the disease after attending a White House event for the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Other event attendees, including former White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' MORE, former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieFormer lieutenant governor of New Jersey leaves GOP Half of states now restrict conversion therapy for LGBTQ kids Seeking red gains in blue Jersey MORE (R) and Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenators hail 'historic changes' as competing proposals to tackle military sexual assault advance Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Overnight Defense: Military justice overhaul included in defense bill | Pentagon watchdog to review security of 'nuclear football' | Pentagon carries out first air strike in Somalia under Biden MORE (R-N.C.) also tested positive for the disease. 

Thirteen other House members have also tested positive for COVID-19 or had a presumed case of coronavirus: Reps. Jahana HayesJahana HayesBipartisan lawmakers highlight COVID-19 impact on mental health, addiction Overnight Health Care: White House acknowledges it will fall short of July 4 vaccine goal | Fauci warns of 'localized surges' in areas with low vaccination rates | Senate Finance leader releases principles for lowering prescription drug prices The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats await Manchin decision on voting rights bill MORE (D-Conn.), Dan MeuserDaniel (Dan) MeuserREAD: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (R-Pa.), Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Rejected Republicans rip Pelosi after their rejection from Jan. 6 panel McCarthy yanks all GOP picks from Jan. 6 committee MORE (R-Ill.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertMcCarthy, GOP face a delicate dance on Jan. 6 committee The Hill's Morning Report - Cheney 'honored' to serve on select committee Ethics panel dismisses GOP lawmaker's ,000 metal detector fine MORE (R-Texas), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithGOP lawmakers press social media giants for data on impacts on children's mental health Lawmakers press federal agencies on scope of SolarWinds attack House Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs MORE (R-Va.), Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RicePro-impeachment Republicans outpace GOP rivals in second-quarter fundraising Cheney, Kinzinger are sole GOP votes for Jan. 6 select committee The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE (R-S.C.), Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnSix takeaways: What the FEC reports tell us about the midterm elections Acting FTC chair urges Congress to revive agency authority after Supreme Court decision OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters MORE (R-Fla.), Mike KellyGeorge (Mike) Joseph KellyLobbying world Lobbying world Liz Cheney says McConnell, McCarthy are heads of GOP MORE (R-Pa.), Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Joe CunninghamJoseph CunninghamTop cyber Pentagon official overseeing defense contractor project placed on leave Joe Cunningham to enter race for South Carolina governor Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' MORE (D-S.C.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartDefense contractors ramp up donations to GOP election objectors Bottom line GOP lawmakers ask Biden administration for guidance on reopening cruise industry MORE (R-Fla.). 

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE last Friday announced that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpOnly Trump can fix vaccine hesitancy among his supporters Trump discussed pardoning Ghislaine Maxwell: book Jill Biden appears on Vogue cover MORE had tested positive for COVID-19. Since his diagnosis, the president has been hospitalized and received several treatments for the virus including anti-viral drug remdesivir and a strong steroid called dexamethasone.